Last year during league play, the Fife Trojans (2-2 league, 6-4 overall) play dominated their opponents, coming out with only two losses. Tainting the Trojans record was their fierce rival, the Steilacoom Sentinels (1-3, 2-8). However, this year both teams have had rough starts and look to get back to their winning ways, as the SPSL 2A standings change every week. In the past three years of fierce competition, the stats tell the story about this rivalry. With many of the Sentinels top players trading their jerseys in for caps and gowns and the Trojans relatively young squad going through their own growing pains, this 14th game showdown should give even more credence to an already heated rivalry.
Trojans vs. Clover Park
In front of a full house of energized fans and a full band ensemble, the Trojans gave the Warriors their notice loud and clear that winning the league title wouldn’t be a walk in park. After a whole-game back and forth battle, the Warriors broke loose in the final two minutes of the period, downing the Trojans 61-46.
The Sentinels come home tonight after a close contest against the Franklin Pierce Cardinals (3-1, 4-5), in which they outscored the cardinals 13-8 in the fourth period, but came up short 43-34 at the final buzzer. In that fierce match-up, the Cardinals held all of the Sentinels players under double figures scoring.
Sentinels Stats (league play):
The Trojans are playing on the road, but are still are coming in as favorites. Statistically speaking, Between the Lines, Blog Talk Sports Radio predicts that the Trojans will come out on top 52-43. If Murrey, Miller, or 6’4” senior shooting guard Kevin McCrossin have a dismal outing, the Sentinels may be able come out on top, but defense, a good shooting percentage, and successful free-throws will be necessary for either team to prevail in this heated rivalry.